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School Budgets That Cut to the Barest Bone

The impasse in Albany has made an already tough budgeting year even tougher for local school districts. School boards had to estimate the amount of state aid they expect to receive next year. Still, budgets passed in most districts. But a handful failed. Those districts will have to make contingency budgets, and that means cutting thousands of dollars in programs, services, and in some cases, people. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article
IP land around Loon Lake Mtn.

Looking At IP Land Deal, From On High

In April, International Paper announced that the corporation will sell development and recreation rights on a quarter-million acres in the Adirondack Mountains. Logging will continue on much of the land, but the easement with the state of New York is expected to open vast new areas to hikers and snowmobile riders. The purchase could cost taxpayers as much as twenty million dollars. Phil Brown is editor with the Adirondack Explorer, a magazine that covers recreation issues in the Park. He spoke with Brian Mann about the deal, while sitting on a peak that could be a popular new destination.  Go to full article
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Audio Postcard: Bushwacking Up Camel's Hump

The Adirondack Mountains are often described as a civilized wilderness, a place of tidy portage trails and scenic lean-tos. But there are also vast stretches of state land so wild that they don't even have footpaths. Brian Mann visited a remote mountain called Camel's Hump in the Dix Range. He sends this audio postcard.  Go to full article

No-Octane Regatta Weekend begins Friday

Todd Moe talks with curator Hallie Bond about the No-Octane Regatta for Wooden Boats at the Adirondack Museum in Blue Mountain Lake. From toy boats to war canoes, this...  Go to full article
<i>Yellow Iris</i>, Alice Wand. From NCPR's UpNorth Gallery

Garden Tour: Life Among the Irises

There are gardeners who delight in growing a variety of annuals, perennials and veggies each year. Then there are those who devote most of their botanical careers to one...  Go to full article
Andy Flynn aboard the H.K. Porter locomotive at the Adirondack Museum in Blue Mountain Lake

New Book Unveils Adirondack Attic Treasures

A packbasket, barn loom, mountaineering boots, war canoe, a strand of Grace Brown's hair - just some of the many items tucked away in the archives at the Adirondack Museum,...  Go to full article
Christopher Swain hopes to complete his Hudson River swim by July 28th

Environmentalist Begins Swim of the Hudson

Last Thursday, Christopher Swain dove into Lake Tear of the Clouds, the highest source of the Hudson River on Mount Marcy. Over the next eight weeks Swain will swim the...  Go to full article

Power Plants Top Polluters in North America

North America's environmental watchdog agency created by NAFTA has released its annual report on industrial pollution. It's called Taking Stock. The Commission for...  Go to full article

A Film Lover's Festival in Lake Placid

The 5th annual Lake Placid Film Festival is in full gear. 60 features and documentaries--including 12 world premieres--are showing in the village through Sunday. Oragnizers...  Go to full article

Bird Songs & Folksongs in the Adirondacks

Birders from across the state will gather at the Paul Smiths VIC this weekend for the second annual Great Adirondack Birding Festival. The event will feature bird walks,...  Go to full article

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